"Today it was down to the money and you can't waste any time, you got to put it all in there," he said after Washington had won the game 97-93. "I went right into my shot and thank God it was there."
With the Buffalo defense designed to sag and surround him every time he touched the ball, Hayes quickened his release, drilled home 11 of his first 12 shots and finished with 46 points, the last 16 in the fourth quarter. McAdoo had 34 points but a bad shooting afternoon and, for a change, the game hung in the balance until the very end, when Unseld, who again dominated the boards, put in an offensive rebound with five seconds to play. As McMillian might say: 3-2, advantage Washington. And back to Buffalo to see what McAdoo might serve up.